The Environment Agency offers a free flood warning service that enables people in flood warning areas to receive flood alerts and warnings by telephone, text and email, even if you are not at home when they are sent. You can easily sign up to receive these warnings on the website or via telephone on 0345 988 1188 to give yourself more time to prepare for a flood. Understanding what each warning stage means is important in avoiding unnecessary panic and stress. These warnings cover the risk of flooding from main rivers and the sea, but do not cover flooding from groundwater, surface water or sewer flooding.

  • Flood Alert: Flooding is possible. Stay vigilant and make early preparations for a potential flood.
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is expected. Immediate action is required to protect yourself and your property.
  • Severe Flood Warning: Severe flooding is expected. Significant risk to life and property. Prepare to evacuate and cooperate with emergency services.